The Presidency: Goodbye to All That

Goodbye to All That

Notes from retiring Secretary of Education William Bennett on Cabinet service, achieving and maintaining capital curmudgeon status, and the debilitating effects of cold salmon after sundown:

Bennett's law of diminishing smarts.

Most Cabinet officers are brightest in the morning. After 10 a.m., the average IQ drops a point every half an hour; by nightfall it is off the charts.

The key to political longevity.

It is nonsense that a public official must attend receptions and eat the food, both of which further enervate him. "I have eaten a lot of poached salmon, and I don't like it, particularly at 10 p.m.,"...

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